Gender Affirming Care Program

Gender Affirming Care Program

GENder Education and Care Interdisciplinary Support (GENECIS)

The GENECIS program is the first program in the Southwest that provides affirmative, comprehensive endocrine care and mental health support for transgender and gender diverse youth.

Being transgender or gender diverse is when a person has a gender identity (male, female or non-binary) that is different from their sex assigned at birth. Sometimes this can cause a persistent distress called gender dysphoria. 

Individualized treatment plans are developed for each patient through collaboration with patients, their parents/guardians, and GENECIS program providers. The GENECIS providers at Children's Health℠ follow established guidelines from The Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines and The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) for medical and mental healthcare services, also consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement.

While the GENECIS program provides gender affirming care, it does not perform gender affirming surgery.

Treatments and Services

Featured and Suggested Reading

The Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children guide is designed for anyone who knows a transgender or gender-diverse child, plans to write about children who transition, or simply wants to learn more.

These guidelines are for parents and caregivers from the Human Rights Campaign, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, and American Academy of Pediatricians, and written in collaboration with Dr. Ximena Lopez and Heather Newby, LCSW from the GENECIS Program.

Learn more.

Gender affirming care

Gender affirming care is for transgender adolescents and adults who experience physical dysphoria (i.e., distress associated with physical sex characteristics). While not all individuals who experience a discrepancy between their gender identity and sex assigned at birth experience physical dysphoria, many do. 

Medical intervention is not recommended for children before the onset of puberty.

Supportive Services and Research

The GENECIS Program provides a path to change through compassionate and professional care.
Patient's parent

Multidisciplinary Team

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Bioethics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gynecology
  • Pastoral Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Research and Education

Fostering a safe space

We provide an open and affirming environment where patients of all backgrounds and identities are able to access the highest quality care available. We are by your side, creating a safe space for all children and families. 

For additional information or resources, please email or utilize the Pediatric Endocrine Society Resources